New Year Honours for Research and Diversity

Dr June McCombie 
03 Jan 2013 11:11:28.603
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Two Nottingham academics have received royal recognition for their dedication to their work in respiratory medicine and widening participation.

Professor John Britton, an honorary consultant in respiratory medicine and a professor of epidemiology at The University of Nottingham, received a CBE for his work in respiratory medicine and his research in to tobacco control in the Queen’s New Year Honours.

Prof Britton is head of The UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies, which was established in 2008. The centre brings together nine leading research groups in a unique partnership, establishing one of the world's largest research groups dedicated to the prevention of harm from tobacco use.
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Major driver of international research

Along with Professor Ann McNeill, Prof Britton leads the centre, which is a major international driver of new research, policy and practice to reduce the prevalence of smoking and the harm it causes through prevention of uptake of smoking, promotion of smoking cessation, and development of more effective harm reduction strategies for those currently unable to stop smoking.

Research undertaken at the centre looks to investigate the effects of exposure before birth, smoking uptake and addiction in adolescence, methods of stopping smoking, and approaches to reduce the harm caused by addiction to tobacco. Prof Britton and the team at the centre also work very closely with the Royal College of Physicians, with whom they have contributed to a series of influential reports on tobacco control policy.

Prof Britton said: “I feel very honoured to have received this award. It is a reflection on a lot of hard work by a lot of people, of whom I am just one. It recognises the contributions that so many of my colleagues in epidemiology and respiratory medicine have made to preventing and treating respiratory disease over the past few years.”

Dr June McCombie

Dr June McCombie from the University’s School of Chemistry was awarded an MBE for her work on the Institute of Physics’ Widening Participation/Diversity programme and particularly her Chairmanship of the Juno project from 2008-2012.

The Juno Project rewards university physics departments which address the under-representation of women in their employment. Dr McCombie has also been a member of the Institute of Physics Diversity and Inclusion Committee for over ten years.

Stephen Regel

Stephen Regel, an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University was also recognised in this year’s honours list. Stephen is Principal Psychotherapist/Co-director of the Centre for Trauma, Resilience and Growth at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, and a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham. He was awarded an OBE for his services to victims of trauma. 

Nottingham Alumni

University of Nottingham alumnus and gold medal winning Tim Baillie also received an MBE in this year's honours.

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